1981–1982 (EP)

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EP by
ReleasedNovember 1982
ProducerMartin Hannett
New Order
New Order chronology
Power, Corruption & Lies
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]

1981–1982, also often known by its catalog number "Factus 8", or "1981-Factus 8-1982", is a five-track EP released by New Order in November 1982 by Factory.


The EP was put together for the American market as a compilation of three of New Order's early singles. It contains "Procession" from September 1981, plus the 12" versions of "Everything's Gone Green" (released December 1981) and "Temptation" (released May 1982) and two of the b-sides, "Mesh" and "Hurt". A second b-side to "Everything's Gone Green", "Cries and Whispers" is omitted, as is New Order's first single "Ceremony" / "In a Lonely Place". The sleeve was designed by Peter Saville and uses a painting from his then-girlfriend Martha Ladly.

The Village Voice critic Robert Christgau described this version of "Temptation" as being "where Manchester's finest stop hearing ghosts and stake their claim to a danceable pop of unprecedented grimness and power," noting that it was "the first real song this sharp-cornered sound-and-groove band has ever come up with."[2]

The EP also documents the band's break from producer Martin Hannett, who had produced Movement and both of Joy Division's studio albums. While Hannett produced "Everything's Gone Green", "Procession" and "Mesh", the other two songs on the EP were produced by New Order. Bernard Sumner remarked: "Martin's last track was "Everything's Gone Green" – fact he walked out halfway through the mix because Hooky and me asked him to turn the drums up".[3]

Reissue of EP tracks[]

All of the tracks from 1981–1982 were eventually re-released on the bonus CD in the 2008 Collector's Edition of Movement, along with other tracks from the same period.

Track listing[]

all writing Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner

Side One

  1. "Everything's Gone Green" – 5:30
  2. "Procession" – 4:27
  3. "Mesh" – 3:02

Side Two

  1. "Temptation" – 8:47
  2. "Hurt" – 8:03

A late-1980s Canadian issue of the EP on CD reverses the original side sequence, beginning with "Temptation" and ending with "Mesh".


New Order
  • Martin Hannett – Production ("Everything's Gone Green", "Procession" and "Mesh")
  • Chris Nagle – Engineering
  • John and Flood – Assistants


Chart performance for 1981–1982
Chart (1983–1984) Peak
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[4] 4
UK Independent Albums (MRIB)[5] 4


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Review: 1981 – 1982 – New Order". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b "Robert Christgau, Consumer Guide Review: New Order – 1981–1982". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  3. ^ Nolan, David (2007). Bernard Sumner – Confusion (1st ed.). Church Stretton: Independent Music Press. p. 102. ISBN 0-9552822-6-8.
  4. ^ "Charts.nz – New Order – Mini Album". Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  5. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). "New Order". Indie Hits 1980–1989: The Complete U.K. Independent Charts (Singles & Albums). Cherry Red Books. ISBN 978-0-9517206-9-1. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2008.

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